The Great American Pin-Up Series: Eve LbNA # 50716
|Owner||Lock, Shock & Barrel|
|Placed Date||Sep 26 2009|
|Location||Seer Green, England, INT|
Letterbox Name: The Great American Pin-up Series: Eve
Location: Seer Green, Buckinghamshire, England
Distance: Less than one mile (round-trip)
Begin at John Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St. Giles. I cannot possibly recommend the tour highly enough, especially if, like me, you’ve been entranced by the poetry of Milton. It was, perhaps not surprisingly, Paradise Lost that first cemented my love for Milton’s poetry. It was a goosebump-inducing experience to stand in the same room where Milton created that epic masterpiece.
A university professor of mine, U. Milo Kaufmann, once said that Paradise Lost is “the story of everything”. And so, in my small way, I’ve sought to pay homage to Milton’s work with a carving that is perhaps irreverent, definitely fun, and absolutely heartfelt.
So begin at Milton’s cottage, and travel in a southwesterly direction from the parking area. (That will be a left turn onto the Deanway.) You’ll leave the town of Chalfont St. Giles, passing through a small roundabout to continue driving straight. As you enter Beaconsfield, Deanway will become Three Households, then New Barn Road.
Eventually, you see a small road on the right (Rawlings Lane). Take that road past toward the Widmer Farm Stables. Across Rawlings Lane from the stables is an entrance to a walking path, and that will lead you to the box you seek. Look for a sign for a walking trail. Pass that sign, and walk into the woods.
Walk toward the equine trails, and when the path splits, turn right toward a small fence that the blocks the way in front of you. A larger, longer fence runs near the path to the right side, separating the woods from fields to the east. Walk past that slim fence (it's really just two posts with connecting braces), and from the back side of the fence take 35 steps down the trail in front of you. The longer fence, and the field beyond, will be on your right side.
On your right, you’ll see a tree that splits in two, like the forked tongue of a snake in the grass. Hidden in the hollow of that tree, under rocks and wood, you’ll find Eve.
Please re-hide well, and feel free to send us a note to let us know that all is safe and secure with the box.
Note: It may be that the best place to park is farther down Rawlings Lane, near the intersection of Rawlings and Bottom. If you do this, just backtrack down Rawlings lane toward the stables (a 10-15 minute walk), and pick up the clue at the trail sign.
The Great American Pin-up series is, first and foremost, a celebration of the style, femininity, and fun of pin-up art over the years. The title of the series is based on a book titled “The Great American Pin-up” by Charles Martignette and Louis Meisel. That said, the series has now expanded beyond its name! We hope that you enjoy the images in the series as much as we’ve enjoyed selecting and carving them.
Please note: The stamp will require a 3”x 5” space for stamping. This stamp will only require brown or sepia ink.